GUILTY DISPLEASURES by VALERIE LAWS
|Fuelled partly by guilty displeasures...
I've been enjoying, and contributing to, a facebook thread of Julie Burchill's about 'guilty displeasures' - we are all familiar with guilty pleasures, but Mark Mason, in his Spectator column, has exposed some of his GDs, things he hates which are supposed to be cool. In his case, strawberries, Ella Fitzgerald, and champagne head the list. This has got me thinking and raging about my own guilty displeasures, such as classical music. Virtually all of it does nothing for me, though I have a liking for early polyphonic choral music such as William Byrd. Classical music makes a nice soundtrack in films playing in the background while you are watching stuff happen. Classical concerts are the worst, watching people do something totally not visually interesting, with no way of alleviating the tedium. I've been assumed to like it many many times because I'm involved in 'the arts' and have caused shockwaves by saying I don't like it but there it is. I firmly believe that the old composers would have loved to live now, when they could put out their music electronically, as it sounds much better that way, cf William Orbit's 'Barber's Adagio' or Beethoven's 9th done on synthesiser for the film of Clockwork Orange. Don't like jazz either, they just make it up and it never seems to end or indeed, go anywhere. Sadly quite a lot of otherwise good books have protagonists who like jazz or classical, which doesn't help me to relate to them at all.
|Never mind Harry Potter, bring back The Worst Witch!
Where entire books are concerned, I hereby admit that Harry Potter in every incarnation leaves me utterly cold. Yes, yes, anything that gets kids reading is a good thing yadda yadda, but why some adults gush about the books is a mystery to me. I got dragged to one of the later films for a mate's birthday and practically had to gnaw my own leg off to avoid dying of boredom. Disliking HP is treated as blasphemy on social media and in real life come to that, and is often assumed to be based on envy of his creator's big bucks. However I've a soft spot for JK because she pays her taxes and I'm happy she's a big success.
|Great book, but two characters need a good kicking!
Do you have any guilty displeasures in literature or in life?
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